Jacobs picked to build Ireland’s first metro

A consortium led by US engineer Jacobs and Spanish firm Idom has been chosen by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to design and build Dublin Metro North, the first stage of the country’s first metro system.

The consortium will work with Ireland’s National Transport Authority on the 11km scheme, which will consist of 15 stations, 10 below ground and five above.

Dublin Metro North will run from the northern town of Swords, via Dublin Airport to Dublin’s city centre.

Dublin’s Luas light rail system’s green line to Sandford will also be upgraded and integrated with the metro.

Donald Morrison, Jacobs’ senior vice president for Europe, said: "With a forecast of economic and population growth, the new metro service will play a vital role in improving Dublin’s mobility, unlocking much-needed transit capacity and improving air quality at the same time.

"Continuing our long history in supporting TII with major infrastructure implementation across Ireland, we look forward to working with Idom to bring a global team and depth of metro experience from both organizations to this potentially transformative project."

Dublin Metro North is due to be operational by 2027.

Image: A street in Dublin (Wikimedia Commons/William Murphy)

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